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Former NAB chief Lt Gen (retd) Syed Amjad. File photograph
  • Lt Gen (retd) Syed Amjad claims Broadsheet used info supplied by NAB towards targets talked about by Pakistan.
  • Former NAB chief says NAB prosecutor basic’s son used to work for one of many companions of Broadsheet.
  • Broadsheet did nothing to deliver again wealth looted from Pakistan, says Gen (r) Amjad.

LONDON: Former Nationwide Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief Lt Gen (retd) Syed Amjad had informed a British court docket that the accountability watchdog’s settlement with Broadsheet was signed with out getting approval from the involved authorities departments.

“Broadsheet did nothing to bring back wealth looted from Pakistan,” stated the previous NAB chief. He additionally added that former prosecutor basic of NAB, Farooq Adam Khan’s son, used to work for one of many companions at Broadsheet.

Amjad additionally claimed that Broadsheet used info supplied by NAB towards the “targets” talked about by Pakistan.

Learn extra: Retired Justice Azmat Saeed to go govt’s probe into Broadsheet LLC scandal

“Broadsheet could not provide any useful information to NAB nor did it help in bringing back [looted] money,” stated the previous lieutenant basic.

The previous head of NAB had visited Broadsheet’s workplace in Colorado in April 2000 the place he signed the settlement with the corporate. 

It has been reported that through the go to the Pakistani delegation was given a presentation based mostly on faux info.

The scandal

The Broadsheet case has precipitated a political storm in Pakistan ever since NAB misplaced the case in a British court docket forcing the federal government to tens of millions of {dollars} to the asset restoration agency.

PM Imran Khan took discover of the scandal after court docket paperwork revealed that the accountability bureau made a deliberate choice to ignore monetary damages that could be precipitated to Broadsheet LLC by getting into right into a settlement with an unauthorised particular person and paid round $1.5 million to a faux agency.

The arbitration court docket that heard the case – Broadsheet LLC vs. The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Nationwide Accountability Bureau – was chaired by Sir Anthony Evans. The court docket’s ruling titled Half Remaining Award (Legal responsibility points) was handed down in August 2016 below the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Case No. 12912001.

The case particulars the entire saga from establishing NAB to signing after which three years later rescinding the settlement between the NAB and Broadsheet LLC, breach of the contract, unlawful funds from Pakistan to incorrect entities; and all that led the court docket to establish that NAB was concerned in intentional wrongdoings.

Learn extra: Present NAB leaderships distances itself from Broadsheet LLC saga

The anti-graft physique and Broadsheet had signed the settlement in June 2000, which was breached by Pakistan in October 2003.

The judgment paperwork reveal what the arbitration court docket had concluded that the claimant [Broadsheet LLC] was entitled to get well damages from the respondents [the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the National Accountability Bureau] for the “tort of conspiring to cause unlawful economic loss to the Claimant by entering into the Settlement Agreement dated 20 May 2008 with Mr. James and companies controlled by him and/or in making payments to him or them thereunder.”

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